Sunday, May 21, 2006, 9:19 am
Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Mackowiak, CF; Uribe, SS. Contreras returns to the mound.
We will need to make a move prior to the game to make room on the roster for Jose Contreras. We will wait until Jose gets to the ballpark to make it since we want to make sure he didn’t wake up with any strange soreness or sleep wrong.
Are always a very quiet time at the ballpark. As always happens after brawls and fights, guys are giving each other a hard time about how everyone looks in the various photos in newspapers (check out the back page of the Sun-Times) or on websites.
One local columnist takes AJ to task for the incident yesterday, writing "this is what happens when you have a reputation, when you’re known as a sport’s reigning provocateur/punk …"
Later he labels AJ with terms like rabble-rouser, smart-aleck, instigator, aggitator, trouble-maker, a wise guy and annoying cuss, before concluding with "All this showed me is that baseball players can be little boys, some littler than others."
I guess he doesn’t like AJ, which is certainly his option, but this seems like such a severe case of the pot calling the kettle black that I laughed out loud while reading it.
Let’s see … punk, instigator, smart-aleck, rabble-rouser, troublemaker, wise guy … it seems like someone makes a living moon-lighting as just that character each weekday afternoon on ESPN. Maybe he just doesn’t like himself. Maybe that expains a lot.
No one deserves to be punched … ever.
Kudos to Chicago’s newspapers for the amount of coverage given to this series and baseball so far this season.
I mentioned in a earlier post, but we do have a video tribute planned for tomorrow night (pregame) when Frank Thomas returns to Chicago with the Oakland A’s. We also have a special little tribute planned that we hope Frank and our fans enjoy one last time.
Paul Sullivan, Tribune beat writer for the Cubs, has endured a tough season so far with his coverage of the team becoming a story in itself in local media.
"I don’t like being the center of the story," Sully said Friday. "It’s really not a big deal."
Manager Ozzie Guillen gave Sullivan, who has also covered the Sox, a big hug and then gave him a hard time about his season to date. "We love you, Paul," he said. I think he stopped short of giving him a kiss …
I am sure Paul’s reception in our dugout will make things even better for him on the other side of town.
But at least he knows he is loved …